The Benefits of Living in a Small Home

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Living in a small home requires a certain kind of lifestyle, one that includes minimalist living on a small scale. Choosing this type of lifestyle has many benefits—not only for yourself but also for your family and city, as well as the earth itself. It doesn’t take a lot of extra work on your part, but these impacts take place due to the process of downsizing, in general.

Build Stronger Relationships

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One of the perks of living in a small home is the additional time spent with your roommates and family in general, which creates more conversation and time together. Living in a small home with other people means you’ll be in close proximity to one another most of the time. Much more space will be shared with others than if you live in a larger home where everyone has their own bedroom and bathroom, and there's multiple living areas.

Own Less Stuff and Clutter

In a small home, there isn’t a lot of storage. You’ll likely have to find clever spaces to store things which means you’ll only keep the stuff that really matters—no clutter, no large collections, no hoarding. A lack of material items (because of a lack of space for them) frees up time and energy that would otherwise be spent on some of your belongings.

Spend Less Money

By downsizing to a small home, you’ll have less things to take care of and less to pay for. You’ll end up spending less on utilities since you’ll have less space to heat and cool, less light bulbs to keep lit, and perhaps even less water to use.

Make Cleaning a Cinch

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Smaller spaces don’t require much time to clean since there’s less space to take care of. The floor space can be swept, vacuumed, and mopped much more quickly than in a large home. Less cleaning means the use of less cleaning supplies, which also lowers costs—including if you pay someone to come and clean your home once in awhile. Moreover, it will save you on time if you do clean your own home.

Lower Your Cost of Living

Besides the lower costs that have already been mentioned (such as less utilities and cleaning supplies), a smaller home requires less upkeep. Not only is it smaller on the inside, but it’s also smaller on the outside. This means any outdoor upkeep such as cleaning windows, pulling leaves out of gutters, painting, or replacing siding or tiles will be much easier, too. Supplies will be needed in much smaller amounts, as well as the time spent on preparing for seasonal changes.

Reduce General Stress

When you move into a small home, you must downsize, which means you’ll have less stuff to worry about in general. We all want to own nice things—and once we have a few nice things, we tend to want more. Yet the things we own end up owning us, as they say. The more stuff you accumulate, the more time and money you spend taking care of it. Yet by living in a small home, you can literally prevent the accumulation of more stuff over time because there’s no space for it. Owning less stuff and spending less money on all of it can leave you feeling much more flexible and free to go on trips, visit friends, and the like. The stress and worries that can accompany lots of property and material things are left to big home owners.

Have Less Environmental Impact

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When all of the above benefits of living in a small home are combined—less utilities and power usage, less supplies, less material objects, and less money spent—the carbon footprint you and your home are making becomes much smaller. By living in a smaller home, you’re able to conserve energy and natural resources that you’d otherwise be using in a large home.